Horizontal axe block

 

 

This is my new horizontal axe block, that the axe does not not get stuck in. It was also a very functional use of an half stump (that was way too heavy to move around) Actually this is the block that I hurt my back on a while back.


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Squaring and stock prep from Maple Logs

 

Stock to become lumber, smaller and square on the left and wider and large on the right. But all were quartered and rived with the sap wood and pith taken off.

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First real go at a spoon. home made sharpening paddle for knives and axes.

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Still a little more logs to go, one decent one left and few weird forks.

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Longer but thinner.

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Maples makes me happy to plane and mortise.

I found some firewood online and my guess turned out to be some kind maple tree with purple sap. Some big pieces and the best is that is fresh. Makes it nicer to rive or split since not all pieces that long. But to square up, plane and to mortise it is very friendly, and best of all is free.

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Hopefully my choice in splitting for quarter sawn pays off when it is dry.

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A few pieces to dry up a little.I am basically split then squaring and I guess in the end I will have lots of legs.

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The top of a chair mortised through from both sides in lest than 5 minutes. Love that green stuff, cutting this is hard maple would kill my edge and my shoulders.

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3 more legs.

Below is my inside chopping block for after work , again is some nasty and very hard storm gumtree stump. I guess I will end with some fun and probably some firewood too.

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New Axe block

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So this monster has become my main axe block and has great inertia, and will last a long time. I picked up a few other which may also become secondary axe blocks. The great width makes it very safe to use as you have lots of room to put the work and the head of the axe further from your legs.

 

 

Squaring up the swamp oak

These timbers were split from the previous oak branch with froe and previously made beetle.

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Then rived into rectangles

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Below early construction of a shave horse, made from recycled Oregon from under the house and some random branches.

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Oak discovered.

So the oak I found in an unknown park is actually Swamp oak or sister to Sheoak, and grows everywhere is Sydney. Well one of them was split in two and clean up on both sides ready for the froe to arrive. The other find could not be split, the axe did not ever mark it, nor did the sledge and cold concrete chisel. I guess I will have to get proper wedge to split that one open. I am yet to examine the grain but found a nice discussion these here on these sheoaks. Well I guess when I get to split them up we’ll see. My front pine lost another limb thanks to my mother in law, but it shall not be wasted.

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Making of my club
Making of my club from smaller limb.